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Re: large feathered dinosaur?
> A person attempting to subscribe to the list wrote to me that he
> a partial radio report of a 48 foot dinosaur skeleton found recently,
> possibly in northern Russia. Said skeleton was supposed to have
> indication of feathers.
> Does anybody recognize any grains of truth in the above?
> Mickey Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yes. It was found to be the remains of a decomposing sperm-whale.
The feathers being the remains of the muscle tissue. At least that is
the one I heard of. There are other instances where 'dinosaurs' have
been washed-up or seen at sea, and they usually turn out to be some
decomposing corpse of something else such as a basking shark, a
whale or some other such thing. It was not fossilized! Yet again the
press jumping to impossible conclusions:-)
Curator of Palaeontology
University of Glasgow
The first law of Geology is the law of supposition.
(Geological Howlers - ed. WDI Rolfe)